Jeffrey A. Cesari, Jr. has produced numerous meetings, conferences, congresses, incentives and special events in over fifty countries, spanning six continents.
"I have experienced so many adventures that have allowed me to explore the wondrous cultures. I've seen the white lights over St. Petersburg, Russia, tangoed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, hiked to glaciers in Alaska and meditated with monks in South Korea. I have met so many wonderful people, many of which I now call friends. I am humbled and grown personally from these encounters while gaining a deeper respect for cultures different from my own. I am forever thankful for the opportunities to have fostered these memories that I so dearly cherish."
Spring 2016, Jeffrey was offered a unique opportunity to work as an exclusive consultant for a well-respected and globally recognized organization that helps people prevail over serious diseases. Jeffrey will bring his years of experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to cultivate and build upon the organization's strategic meetings management program. "In some small way, I believe by doing my job to the best of my abilities will be my contribution to help others live longer, healthier lives."
In August 2014, Jeffrey earned the Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) certification – a credential recognized globally as a badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition and event industry. Jeffrey is also a recognized leader in the industry. Connect Meeting Magazine named him an honoree in their 2014 “40 under 40” for his leadership and dedication to the industry. In May 2015, DiversityBusiness.com ranked Shimmer Events #24 in the 2015 “Top 50 Privately-held Businesses in Pennsylvania” category.
Jeffrey has been a contributing writer to Pennsylvania Meetings + Events Magazine, and has been cited in national publications such as the Associated Press, Connect Meetings Intelligence Magazine, Collaborate Magazine, Corporate Incentive & Travel Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, Meeting Focus Magazine, Midwest Meetings Magazine, and Meeting Professionals International's 2014 Winter Outlook.
Jeffrey is also a contributing writer and editor on the 2015-2017 Convention Industry Council’s CMP Item Writing Panel. He co-leads the Event Technology review team for the Convention Industry Council’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Task Force, Terminology Protocol Renewal Project.
Jeffrey has served on the 2014 Advisory Board to the Washington Speakers Bureau, and accepted the appointment to the 2015-2017 Editorial Advisory Board to Pennsylvania Meetings + Events Magazine. He is an active member of the Independence Business Alliance and serves on the Events Committee for the organization; Meeting Professionals International and International Special Events Society. Jeffrey is also an advisor to the Marketing and Communications Committee at The Church of the Crucifixion and Grace Epiphany Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Fun Fact: At the age of thirteen Jeffrey invented and patented the "Drag Bag" - a school bag on wheels.At the time, he was the second youngest Patent holder in the United States. (U.S. Patent 5,022,574) With the support of his parents and sister, he sold the product through direct marketing campaigns (e.g. television advertisement) and building relationships with boutiques throughout the United States. He gained national media attention and had appeared on television and print interviews. The "Drag Bag" was a springboard for his career as an entrepreneur.
Jeffrey was raised in the suburbs of in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and will always be home. He now considers Florida his new full-time residence, while enjoying the adventures of exploring new cultures and visiting destinations around the globe. He’s a self-proclaimed "foodie" who enjoys cooking, fine wines and delicious craft beers. Jeffrey is a voracious reader. He shares his passion for the industry to anyone willing to listen. He is always on the go and focused on the future.
March 2014 - Connect Meetings Magazine, "40 Under 40"
Summer 2015 - "Best of Philadelphia"
August 2016, 2018 - Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certification (HMCC)
August 2014 - Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)